Shaded Choice Update 2

Here is my quarterly update for my Shaded Choice Awards challenge. You can find my original posts and my first update here and here. Everything in green is what I’ve read. I’ve read 33 out of 132. I’m almost half way there and I’m honestly really excited to get through them. I’ve liked basically everything and can’t wait to see how the rest goes. If this goes well and they have the awards again this year I’m planning on doing it again with the new nominations.


  1. Everybody Looking by Candice Iloh – read April 2021 3/5 stars

2. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette

3. Fight Like a Girl by Sheena Kamal

4. We are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan

5. The Family Tree by Sairisha Hussain

6. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

7. Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins

8. Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

9. It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham – read January 2021 4/5 stars

10. Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

11. The Treatment by Michael Nath

12. Egg Drop Dead by Viven Chien

13. The Order of the Pure Moon By Zen Cho

14. The Seventh Son by Lani Forbes

15. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

16. A Drop of Midnight by Jason Diakite

17. Shuri by Nic Stone

18. Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

19. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

20. Memorial by Bryan Washington

21. Low by Jeet Thayil

22. Telephone by Percival Everett

23. Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford

24. Words like Thunder by Lois Beardslee

25. From the Desk of Zoey Washington by Janae Marks

26. Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

27. The Perceptionist by Mo’Reese Madu

28. This is What America Looks Like by Ilhan Omar

29. Well Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave

30. Spawn by Marie-Andrée Gill

31. Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno Garcia

32. And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell – read April 2021 3.5/5 stars

33. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – read March 2021 3.5/5 stars

34. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

35. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

36. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

37. Real Life by Brandon Taylor

38. We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

39. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi – read March 2021 3/5 stars

40. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

41. Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

42. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson – read January 2021

43. Navigate Your Stars by Jesmyn Ward

44. Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi – read March 2021 5/5 stars

45. The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole

46. The Undocumented Americans Karla Cornejo Villavicenio – read May 2021

47. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad – read June 2021

48. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle

49. Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – read July 2020 5/5 stars

50. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria – read January 2021 4/5 stars

51. Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa – read August 2020 5/5 stars

52. Office Hours by Katrina Jackson – read May 2020 5/5 stars

53. Alligator and Other Stories by Dima Alzayat

54. Hearts on Hold by Cherish Reid

55. Go Deep by Rilzy Adams

56. Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon

57. Me and Somebody’s Son by Christina C. Jones

58. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

59. Djinn Patrol by Deepa Anappara

60. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – read October 2020 4/5 stars

61. The Silence of Bones by June Hur – read May 2021 3.5/5 stars

62. Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden – read December 2020 5/5 stars

63. Gold Cavern by Zola Blue

64. Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

65. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia – read August 2020 5/5 stars

66. Lakewood by Megan Giddings – read April 2021 5/5 stars

67. Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

68. Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas – read June 2021 3/5 stars

69. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark read January 2021 5/5 stars

70. Hollow Ones by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro

71. Stone and Steel by Eboni Dunbar

72. City We Became by N.K Jemisin

73. Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

74. Black Son by Rebecca Roanhorse

75. Burning Roses by S.L Huang

76. Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston

77. Midnight Bargain by C.L Polk

78. The Pariah Child by Natasha D. Lane

79. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

80. Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

81. Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

82. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

83. Black Gods Drums by P. Djèlí Clark – read March 2020 4/5 stars

84. Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez

85. Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

86. Devolution by Max Brooks

87. The Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall

88. Song of Wraith and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

89. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

90. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

91. Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

92. Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

93. Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

94. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

95. Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

96. House of Whispers by Nalo Hopkinson – read February 2021 4/5 stars

97. Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada – read February 2021 5/5 stars

98. Low Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado – read February 2021 4/5 stars

99. Queen of Bad Dreams by Danny Lore

100. Almost American Girl by Robin Ha – read October 2020 3/5 stars

101. Sports is Hell by Ben Passmore – read February 2021

102. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

103. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – read July 2020 5/5 stars

104. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

105. Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

106. Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola

107. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

108. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – dnf the audio going to try the physical

109. Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

110. I’ll Be the One by Layla Lee – read June 2021 4/5 stars

111. Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

112. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

113. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

114. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

115. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

116. Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

117. Lobizona by Romina Garber

118. Before Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson – read May 2021 3/5 stars

119. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

120. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

121. Ghost Squad by Claribiel A. Ortega – read April 2021 5/5 stars

122. Only Black Girl in Town by Brandy Colbert

123. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone – read April 2021 5/5 stars

124. When Life Gives You Mangos by Kareen Getten

125. School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

126. This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples

127. How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

128. What You Don’t See by Tracy Clark

129. Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco – read June 2020 4/5 stars

130. The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

131. A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

132. Diary of a Murderer by Kim Young-ha

There’s about 36 I would like to get done before the next quarter that are all available on my libby at the moment. But I need to read at least 17 each month in order to get them all done by the end of the year. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride I can feel it.

❤ Lorryn

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